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Where is it? Conwy Valley, north Wales. Llanrwst to Llanrhychwyn via Trefriw.
Allow 3 hours, Distance 5.5 miles / 8 km
Why ? beautiful location ; historic church ; picturesque waterfall ; interesting plants ;
Essentials: Pack a Picnic
Rating : This is a moderate walk, mostly on metalled road, but with one long steep hill section.
Car Parking : is available in Llanrwst Car Park or Llanrwst North Railway Station.
Rail and Bus Services : For times of buses and trains in the Conwy and Lledr Valley contact Travelline Wales.com This walk is available from the Conwy Valley Railway train stations. Alight the train at Llanrwst North Station.

Directions :   [ Map of Llanrwst to Llanrhychwyn Walk location ] Map opens in a new window
From the A55 Expressway take the A470 at Glan Conwy Corner to Llanrwst.

Click to enlarge picture of Gower Bridge LlanrwstLets Go !
Turn right on leaving the Station Car Park and follow the lane to the Gower Suspension Bridge. The bridge spans the Afon (River) Conwy and affords nice views of the river and the Conwy Valley. Continue along the country lane to the village of Trefriw.

Trefriw is a delightful village that straddles the B5106 road from Betws y Coed to Conwy. It sits on the west bank of the Conwy river.

On reaching the village there are a number of information boards listing details of several local walks. The large building on the opposite side of the road is the Trefriw Woollen Mill.

Turn left at the junction with the B5106 and continue along the road for a short way until you reach the school building. Turn right here and follow the road up the steep hill. Follow the road bearing left and on your left you will see a small wooden sign pointing uphill to Llanrhychwyn. Ignore the T junction and Hill from Trefriw to Llanrhychwynfollow the sign uphill as far as another road junction. Bear left here and begin the climb up the even steeper hill through he woods. As you climb the hill you are rewarded with views of the Conwy Valley and the town of Llanrwst. While climbing the hill it might be comforting to know that you were walking in the footsteps of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, (Llewelyn the Great, Prince of Wales), and his wife Joan, daughter of King John of England.

Llywelyn Fawr as he was known in Welsh had a hunting lodge in Trefriw and he would attend services at the ancient church of Llanrhychwyn situated at the top of the hill above the village of Trefriw. It is said, and after climbing the hill I am minded to agree, that Joan persuaded Llywelyn to found another church (St Mary's Church) within the village of Trefriw to obviate the climb to Llanrhychwyn.

On with the walk and nearing the top of the hill you will be further rewarded with fantastic moss covered dry stone walls. They twist and turn alongside the lane, forced to follow the rock cut contours of the hillside. On reaching the top of the hill we leave the shade of the forest and gain both respite from the climb and the open skies of the high pastures. It becomes clear why they would build their homes at the top of such a hill!

The delightful country lane weaves between the rocky outcrops, streams and fields covered with meadow flowers, and after a few hundred yards the hamlet of Llanrhychwyn comes into view. But more inviting than the houses there is a bench to rest those weary legs or simply to have a picnic.

At this point it is possible to continue on the walk down hill to Llanrwst but I would strongly recommend the diversion to the ancient church of Llanrhychwyn. The church is just half a mile or so along the lane and well worth the extra effort. Turn right at the crossroad and follow the bendy road up hill, past the telephone box. Continue past two or three more cottages and the road again levels out. Ignore the sign to Lake (Llyn) Geirionydd (that's for another day) and persevere until the church comes into view in a field to the left of the road.

PART TWO continue to the waterfall >

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Please -- click on the pictures below -- for enlarged pictures of the Walk from Llanrwst to Llanrhychwyn, Conwy Valley, Wales, UK.

Click to enlarge picture of Conwy Valley Conwy River near the Gower Bridge
View from Llanrhychwyn Church  
Conwy River near the Gower Bridge

PART ONE > PART TWO continue to the waterfall > OR VISIT Llanrhychwyn Church >

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